The Institutes’ Board of Trustees Appoints Risk Management and Insurance Leaders as New Chair and Vice Chair

The Institutes, the leading provider of risk management and property-casualty insurance education, have appointed Marita Zuraitis and John Howard as chair and vice chair, respectively, of the organization’s Board of Trustees.

“We are excited to welcome two highly experienced and engaged professionals to leadership roles in support of the vision and mission of The Institutes,” said Peter Miller, CPCU, president and CEO of The Institutes. “With Marita and John generously sharing their time and professional expertise, The Institutes will be equipped to build our strategic capabilities and expand our global presence, while providing the best learning experience and opportunities for those interested in insurance and risk management.”

Zuraitis has served as chief executive officer of The Horace Mann Companies since 2013. She was previously President of the Property & Casualty Companies of the Hanover Insurance Group and served in leadership roles with The St. Paul/Travelers Companies. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Financial Group, Inc.

Howard is chairman and CEO of Truist Insurance Holdings, Inc., where he oversees the insurance brokerage and premium finance businesses. He joined Truist’s predecessor BB&T in 2012, and previously held leadership roles with Crump Group, The BISYS Group, GE Capital, Conseco, and Prudential Select Brokerage. Howard serves as vice chair of The American College of Financial Services; vice chair of advocacy for The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers; and an overseer of the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science at St. John's University.

“I would also like to thank our outgoing chair, Kaj Ahlmann, MSc, for his years of service to The Institutes and for his guidance during the last four years,” said Miller. “The Institutes have experienced unprecedented growth and diversification under his leadership, and I am most grateful for his support.”

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